Adultery scandals involving politicians. Dating websites for married women and men. News reports on raids of polygamous communities. It seems that non-monogamy is everywhere: in popular culture, in the news, and before the courts. In Fraught Intimacies, Nathan Rambukkana delves into how polygamy, adultery, and polyamory are represented in the public sphere. His intricate analysis reveals how some forms of non-monogamy are tacitly accepted, even glamourized, while others are vilified and reviled. By questioning what this says about intimacy, power, and privilege, this book offers an innovative framework for understanding the status of non-monogamies in Western society.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Nathan Rambukkana is an assistant professor in communication studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the editor of the collection Hashtag Publics: The Power and Politics of Discursive Networks. He blogs at http://complexsingularities.net.
Table of Contents
Preface: Chasing Non/Monogamy ix
Introduction: Non/Monogamy and Intimacy in the Public Sphere 3
1 The Space of (Intimate) Privilege 22
2 The Adultery Industry: Autonomous Space, Heteronormativity, and Neoliberal Cheating 47
3 Mapping Polygamy: Discourse, Reterritorialization, and Plural Marriage 77
4 The Fraught Promise of Polyamory: New Intimate Ethics or Heterotopian Enclave? 112
Conclusion: Non-Monogamies and the Space of Discourse 146
Appendix: Canada's Criminal Code (C. 26) Statutes on Bigamy and Bigamy 167
What People are Saying About This
In this topical and thoroughly researched book, Nathan Rambukkana shows the significance of discourses around monogamy and non-monogamy for the regulation of intimate relationships in the public sphere. By contrasting perceptions of polygamy with depictions of adultery and polyamory, Rambukkana reveals how representations of different forms of non-monogamy are profoundly shaped by multiple forms of privilege, including gender, class, and race-based privileges.
This is the most important book on non-monogamy to come out in many years. Rambukkana is an excellent writer, and his analysis goes beyond previous research in this area to provide an exploration which is both sophisticated and extremely engaging. The book provides a thorough overview of current cultural understandings of non-monogamy, particularly attending to the ways in which gender, sexuality, race, and class intersect in popular representations. I highly recommend this book to anybody with an interest in relationships.